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Articles by Marnette Denell Falley

Is your manager trapped?

Nov 1, 2006

It's uncomfortable for managers to be wedged in between you docs, who want things done your way -- the right way -- and a team that thinks the manager should have the influence and authority to rein you in. Here are some ways you get your manager tied in knots:

Welcome to my Web

Oct 1, 2006

Just think of me as a big, black spider, plotting and planning ways to get you to my sticky Web site. In this scenario, you're the juicy fly, I'm afraid. But when you get to vetecon.com I hope you'll be happy as a clam. (This is where my metaphor falls apart, in case you didn't notice.)

No time for hand holding?

Sep 1, 2006

OK, let's say you've been reading all our earnest articles about personnel management, and you've decided our recommendations boil down to this: Let your team suck every bit of energy from your body and then relish in the final freedom as your dusty molecules fly to the ends of the earth on the hot wind. That's not what we mean. Really.

Finding facts in the figures

Aug 1, 2006

It's the numbers that drive this special annual report. We reviewed more than 15 surveys specifically about the veterinary profession, and conducted two of our own, just for this issue. Our editorial team looked at 1000s of numbers. We talked to at least 40 experts to develop survey questions and concise analysis that pulls the key points from the study data. And that's not counting all of you who contributed by participating in studies.

Escape your practice for some "think" time

Jul 24, 2006

Generally, people who wind up managing veterinary practices know how to get things done. But you can get to the point that you're running around executing every minute. So you're not investing the way you need to in planning and prioritizing.

Get away from it all

Want to love your job 10 years from now? A little time away could make the critical difference.
Jul 1, 2006

Want to love your job 10 years from now? A little time away could make the critical difference.

How much do people love their pets?

Jun 1, 2006

Well, clearly a lot. Enough that they buy them designer clothing and luxurious dog beds, in addition to the basics. (The APPMA estimates that we'll spend $38 billion on pets this year.) Enough that they rearrange their lives to accommodate pets' needs, getting out to give that walk or making time to tease with a feather toy. And pet owners rearrange their finances, of course, to pay for veterinary care—and food and toys and daycare and carriers.

A new training tool

May 1, 2006

As you may know, we launched a new magazine especially for team members last fall—Firstline. (Hopefully you've seen it around the practice. I'd be even happier if you saw it in your team members' hands.)

It's time for spring planting

Apr 1, 2006

Spring. It's finally here. The daffodils are blooming. The hyacinths are up. The dogs come in almost every day with muddy paws, so I have semi-permanent footprints on the window sills where they peer out to see who's coming.

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